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1mks  (Level: 221.2 - Posts: 5932)
Fri, 19th Jun '09 7:33 PM


The Whale...

If you read a recent front page story of the SF Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate ) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her.

They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles.
She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around ~she was thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.

The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Fri, 19th Jun '09 7:40 PM


Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6644)
Fri, 19th Jun '09 7:44 PM

I'll bet he will never be the same. what a life altering experience. that is so beautiful.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Fri, 19th Jun '09 7:52 PM

Great story - nice to hear some good news here for a change. Thanks!

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Fri, 19th Jun '09 8:04 PM

How wonderful. Was there any footage? That would be wonderful.

1mks  (Level: 221.2 - Posts: 5932)
Fri, 19th Jun '09 8:13 PM

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5679)
Fri, 19th Jun '09 8:22 PM

That was awesome...

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 838)
Fri, 19th Jun '09 8:51 PM


Difod  (Level: 256.9 - Posts: 107)
Fri, 19th Jun '09 8:52 PM

Very heartwarming...Thanks for sharing this, Marsha!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 19th Jun '09 9:35 PM

Wow. Thank you so much for posting the link, too.

May we all be so lucky to be cut from the entangling snares of our lives - and may we be so intelligent to remember to be thankful.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 19th Jun '09 10:35 PM

Reading this made me feel so good!

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.4 - Posts: 4456)
Fri, 19th Jun '09 11:10 PM

Thank you for posting this! I'm so happy they were able to free the whale. Very touching story.

-- Geri

Crazy4games  (Level: 125.1 - Posts: 1019)
Fri, 19th Jun '09 11:20 PM

Absolutely beautiful!!! Thanks so much for posting.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5427)
Fri, 19th Jun '09 11:55 PM

Thanks for sharing that. It was very touching.

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